Joe Piscopo: The alltime “Saturday Night Live” favorite

June 5th, 2009 - 1:52 am ICT by GD  

Joe Piscopo is not as big as he was in his “Saturday Night Live,” days back in the 80’s, but he has not grown smaller either or just faded away. Even today he works at frenetic pace and keeps himself extremely busy. He is still in great demand in different clubs and casinos.

He still does those wonderful renditions of Frank Sinatra with the same energy and enthusiasm and when asked, how he began singing Sinatra, he smiles and replies, “It stems from the Frank Sinatra characterization on ‘SNL’ When I started to do it comically, people said you should do it more seriously. That’s when I hooked up with Vincent Falcone (Falcone played with Sinatra for many years) to execute the ‘Sinatra songbook’ as authentic as possible.”

Most recently, he made headlines with the LOL Comedy Festival gala, which also featured Brad Garrett and host Alan Park, of Royal Canadian Air Farce fame. Among all his comic stints, Joe Piscopo is best remembered for a skit he performed on SNL along with Eddie Murphy. He played Frank Sinatra and Eddie Murphy played Stevie Wonder. The skit was a parody of the famous song of the 80s “Ebony and Ivory”, which was originally performed by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

Joseph Charles John ‘Joe’ Piscopo was born on 17 June, 1951 in Passaic, New Jersey. He attended the West Essex High School and during his younger he was also a member of the drama group, “the Masquers”. Apart from SNL, he has appeared in a couple of movies, including the Michael Keaton starrer, “Dangerously Johnny.”

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